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Thor: Ragnarok – director Taika Waititi interview

Rob Leane Oct 24, 2017

We chatted to Taika Waititi about Thor: Ragnarok, his inspirations for the movie, and his thoughts on Thor: The Dark World...

Spoilers for Thor: The Dark World lie ahead

Dressed as snappily as ever, Taika Waititi was leaning playfully up against a wall as I entered a swanky London hotel room to chat with him. The writer-director of Boy, Eagle Vs Shark, What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople then led me over to a little table, where he was halfway through drinking some sort of caffeine-based beverage from a martini glass. Pure class.

What followed was a snappy chinwag about Waititi’s new directorial project, Marvel StudiosThor: Ragnarok, which teams Chris Hemsworth’s godly goldilocks with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, to take on such villains as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and Cate Blanchett’s Hela.
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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Reveals His Favorite Five Episodes

‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Reveals His Favorite Five Episodes
We may keep a running tab of our favorite “Rick and Morty” episodes, but how does our list compare to that of co-creator Dan Harmon? Harmon recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly his five favorite episodes, and they’re all ones that received the best fan response. Incidentally, there’s one episode Harmon regrets making, and it’s largely because of criticism he received. “Like the bad parent I am, I choose children that the public chooses,” he said. I don’t care how hard I worked on an episode, if fans hate it, it’s bad, and I hate it too.”

Here are Harmon’s top five episodes, reluctantly chosen and in no particular order:

Read More:‘Rick and Morty’: Dan Harmon Isn’t Ruling Out Longer Seasons or a ‘Game of Thrones’ Homage “Pickle Rick”

“The Ricklantis Mix-Up”

“Rick Potion #9”

Harmon: “It’s not only a good episode,
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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Reveals His Favorite Five Episodes

‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Reveals His Favorite Five Episodes
We may keep a running tab of our favorite “Rick and Morty” episodes, but how does our list compare to that of co-creator Dan Harmon? Harmon recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly his five favorite episodes, and they’re all ones that received the best fan response. Incidentally, there’s one episode Harmon regrets making, and it’s largely because of criticism he received. “Like the bad parent I am, I choose children that the public chooses,” he said. I don’t care how hard I worked on an episode, if fans hate it, it’s bad, and I hate it too.”

Here are Harmon’s top five episodes, reluctantly chosen and in no particular order:

Read More:‘Rick and Morty’: Dan Harmon Isn’t Ruling Out Longer Seasons or a ‘Game of Thrones’ Homage “Pickle Rick”

“The Ricklantis Mix-Up”

“Rick Potion #9”

Harmon: “It’s not only a good episode,
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John Carpenter Announces Anthology Album as Well as a Fall Tour

Horror legend John Carpenter has made a double announcement today, the first of which is a new album titled Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. The album will feature 13 tracks from the director’s films during this period, including Christine, Big Trouble… Continue Reading →

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Culture Dump #4: How to use ‘Rick and Morty’ quotes in conversation

Rick and Morty may have only been around for a few years but it’s already firmly established itself in today’s pop culture lexicon. You can thank Netflix for that. With just two seasons under its belt and a long-awaited third currently being drip-fed to audiences, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s bizarro space comedy has so far churned out loads of quotable lines, a good indicator for any cult-show in the making. With that in mind, here’s a few of the best and a handy guide on how you can successfully utilize them in everyday conversation…

“Tiny Rick!”

Where’s It From?

Season two’s Big Trouble in Little Sanchez saw Rick transport his brain into a high school version of himself, instantly becoming the coolest kid in town. Pretty soon though, his de-aged self turns into a minuscule threat.

How You Can Use It:

Throughout the
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TVLine Items: Scott Glenn Moves to Castle Rock, ER Vet Joins Star and More

TVLine Items: Scott Glenn Moves to Castle Rock, ER Vet Joins Star and More
Scott Glenn has traded in life in the Big Apple for a castle in Maine.

The Leftovers alum has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming Hulu psychological-horror drama Castle Rock. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Glenn will play retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn, who presided over the fictional titular town during its darkest years.

RelatedSissy Spacek, Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy Join Cast of Hulu’s Castle Rock

Previously announced cast members include Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard.

Glenn can be seen next reprising his Daredevil role Stick in The Defenders
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TVLine Items: 13 Reasons Castings, Evan Hansen to Will & Grace and More

TVLine Items: 13 Reasons Castings, Evan Hansen to Will & Grace and More
Days after adding seven new actors for Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix has doubled down and announced four more names joining the cast in recurring roles.

Desperate Housewives alum/Supergirl villain Brenda Strong will play Nora Walker, the mother of Justin Prentice’s Bryce, while Jake Weber (Medium) will play her husband Barry, a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community.

Related13 Reasons Why Season 2 Cast Adds Seven, Led by Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara

Meredith Monroe (Criminal Minds) will play mother to Alex (Miles Heizer), while Rj Brown (The Carrie Diaries) has been cast as Tony’s (Christian Navarro) boxing trainer.
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Queen Latifah, Lee Daniels on What to Expect When ‘Star,’ ‘Empire’ Cross Over

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Queen Latifah, Lee Daniels on What to Expect When ‘Star,’ ‘Empire’ Cross Over
Big Trouble gets a taste of the high-glamour world of the Lyons in the first look at the “Star” and “Empire” crossover, set to air on Fox this fall. In a music video that debuted at the Television Critics Association press tour, we see Big Trouble performing “You’re So Beautiful,” first made famous by Lucious on “Empire.” You can watch the video above. Lee Daniels, who’s the co-creator and executive producers on both shows, told reporters that it wasn’t his plan to connect “Empire” and “Star” but when the network suggested it, it seemed to work. “They were two separate shows,
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Paris Jackson Returning to Star in Season 2 for Multi-Episode Arc

Paris Jackson Returning to Star in Season 2 for Multi-Episode Arc
Paris Jackson‘s Star continues to rise.

Michael Jackson’s offspring is returning to Fox’s musical soap for a multi-episode Season 2 arc, TVLine has learned exclusively. The aspiring actress will reprise her role as Rachel Wells, a young, super-chic, stylish and intimidating social media guru.

In what was essentially her acting debut, Jackson first appeared in Season 1’s March 8 episode when her boundary-pushing character oversaw a publicity shoot for girl group Big Trouble.

Star kicks off its second season on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with an episode that will serve as the conclusion of a two-part crossover event with companion series Empire.
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer: Hawkins, Indiana Is in Big Trouble [Comic Con 2017]

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer: Hawkins, Indiana Is in Big Trouble [Comic Con 2017]
Fans have been waiting for a much closer look at the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things ever since they finished binge watching the first season after it arrived last summer just before the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. Now here we are one year later, and we have a brand new trailer to tease […]

The post ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer: Hawkins, Indiana Is in Big Trouble [Comic Con 2017] appeared first on /Film.
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Boom! announces Big Trouble in Little China: Big Trouble in Merrie Olde England

Boom! Studios has announced that Jack Burton will be heading across the Pond this December with the release of Big Trouble in Little China Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Merrie Olde England from writer Matthew J. Elliott (Big Trouble in Little China Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia) and illustrator Jonas Scharf (War for the Planet of the Apes).

See Also: John Carpenter co-writing Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack

In this second Big Trouble in Little China illustrated prose novel, Jack Burton, Wang Chi, and Gracie Law are forced on an adventure to find the lost Excalibur sword, so they must traverse the mystical, topsy-turvy underbelly of England. Hunted by the Wing Kong and the reanimated corpse of Lightning, the trio discovers that things are never as they seem.

Big Trouble in Little China Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Merrie Olde England is set for
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China Box Office Audit: Why Hollywood Needed to Get Tough

The movie business has taken a hands-off approach to ticketing fraud in China over the last few years, worried that if it’s too aggressive, it could alienate the world’s second-largest film market. But as negotiations loom for a new film import agreement, Hollywood is finally getting tough.

The Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s lobbying arm, has tapped PricewaterhouseCoopers to audit the box office results of certain select titles, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation. Bloomberg News first reported details of the audit.

The audit results could be used in trade negotiations to bolster the major studios’ case for stricter accounting standards or a greater share of the China box office.

“If Pricewaterhouse can show that Hollywood has not gotten their fair due, then that would be an argument for increasing the percentage,” says Stanley Rosen, a political science professor at USC who specializes in China.

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John Carpenter to pen new Big Trouble In Little China comics series

Kirsten Howard Jun 22, 2017

Forget old man Logan, old man Jack is about to make a very welcome appearance in a new comics series co-written by John Carpenter.

We're big fans of John Carpenter's 80s cult classic Big Trouble In Little China around these parts (and pretty much every movie Kurt Russell's been in, to be fair) so we're delighted to hear that the director will be heavily involved in a brand new Jack Burton-flavoured comics series launching this September.

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Carpenter has had a bit of involvement with previous Big Trouble comics, but this new series will see him co-write a completely different story for Boom! Studios, as Jack Burton takes one final ride in the Pork Chop Express many
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Big Trouble in Little China Sequel Comic Coming from John Carpenter

Big Trouble in Little China Sequel Comic Coming from John Carpenter
More than thirty years later, we are getting a proper sequel to John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. It may not be a movie, but this sounds like it is going to be as authentic as it comes. Boom! Studios is getting ready to publish a brand new comic book series, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack, this September. The best part? John Carpenter, the man who directed the original movie, is on board to co-write the series with Anthony Burch, who wrote Borderlands 2.

The very welcome news comes courtesy of Screen Rant, who have all of the information Big Trouble in Little China fans need. Firstly, the book is being described as Jack Burton's "final ride," which implies that this story will conclude his arc. Since it is named Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack, it sounds very
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Big Trouble in Little China Game Trailer Has Us Excited to Play

Big Trouble in Little China Game Trailer Has Us Excited to Play
The Big Trouble in Little China game was first announced last year. Now we have a first look at the game, and it looks stellar. The board game is in the final stages of development, with pre-orders available now for the deluxe version and a regular retail version. The game is obviously based on John Carpenter's movie, Big Trouble in Little China, and was designed by Chris Batarlis and Boris Polonsky. The trailer shows off the game in great detail and it really looks just as weird as the movie, which is totally a good thing.

Polonsky and Batarlis detail the game through their trailer video on Vimeo page and it looks even cooler than the still pictures.

"In Big Trouble in Little China the Game you'll embark on a wild adventure to experience the exotic and mystical underworld of Chinatown. You and up to 3 other players (1-6 in
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Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood Banks on Aging Franchises to Break Records

Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood Banks on Aging Franchises to Break Records
In Hollywood, nothing is more dangerous than an original idea.

These days, it’s nearly impossible for studios to justify greenlighting a big-budget movie and sending it out into the heat of summer battle without the armor of a film franchise. It’s too hard to find the right marketing hook to explain a film’s premise in a 30-second ad, particularly when so many people are skipping the multiplexes in order to settle in with Netflix and chill. To combat the urge to stream, studios are betting heavily on the tried and true, offering up 15 reboots, sequels or spinoffs between May and August.

“As much as people like to decry the lack of originality in sequels, audiences tend to want to bet their money on more of a sure thing,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

On paper, at least, Hollywood has assembled a veritable armada of “sure things.
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Rick and Morty Season 3: What Does the Szechuan Sauce Really Mean?

Liam Hoofe on Rick and Morty and Szechuan sauce…

The surprise premiere of Rick and Morty season 3 last weekend has sent the internet into meltdown [read our review here]. Fans have started a petition to bring back the Mulan Szechuan sauce and are now waiting in eager anticipation for what the rest of the season has to offer.

‘The Rickshank Redemption’ saw Rick escape from his prison and return to earth, reclaiming his seat as the alpha male of the house with Jerry and Beth potentially getting divorced.

At the end of the episode, in a crazed rant reminiscent of the one at the end of the very first episode – Rick began screaming at Morty about how the Mulan Szechuan Sauce is now his character arc, and how he cares about nothing else but bringing that back. Some people on the internet have theorised that this was to show that Rick had finally gone insane,
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Christopher Nolan Rejects Early VOD Minutes After WB Exec Talks It Up at CinemaCon

Las Vegas — Warner Bros. addressed the elephant in the room during its presentation to theater owners at CinemaCon, which made for an uneasy few minutes on Wednesday afternoon.

Moments after worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll made a pitch for shortening the amount of time between a film’s theatrical debut and its premiere on home entertainment platforms, director Christopher Nolan all but shunned the idea.

“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition,” Nolan quipped.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was there to introduce footage from “Dunkirk,” his upcoming World War II epic, which he said would be available on IMAX, 70mm, and 35mm screens at cineplexes.

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Kroll, who worked with Nolan on all three “Dark Knight” movies, had stressed just moments prior that any changes must be made in concert with the exhibition community.
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Prepare to Enter Lo Pan’s Lair in Big Trouble In Little China Board Game

Have you truly paid your dues? You can find out later this year in Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, a new board game collaboration between Everything Epic, Boom! Studios, and 20th Century Fox, and we've been provided with the game's incredible artwork and a look at the detailed character miniatures to share with Daily Dead readers.

From Everything Epic: "They told you to go to hell… and that’s just where you’re going... Play as Jack Burton or one of his brave friends, on the mysterious quest to rescue the green-eyed beauty, defeat Lo Pan’s ancient magic, and save Chinatown from his evil minions... in Big Trouble in Little China the Game!

There is a secret world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery… they call it Little China. It’s where Big Trouble was waiting for Jack Burton and his friends as they uncover an ancient diabolical plot.
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Star Season 1 Episode 12 Review: Showtime

On Star Season 1 Episode 12, Big Trouble took the big stage at Atlanta Next Fest for their final performance.

And for a moment, to which this entire season has been building up, it felt a bit...rushed.

We didn't see any of the other performers, only Big Trouble. And while their overall performance was perhaps the most cohesive we've ever seen them, the song itself was not a standout.

Better than the song was the way the girls seem to have finally meshed together as a group. Their three distinct personalities still shine through, but they no longer feel like they're clashing. Instead, they're complementary.

I'm glad Star, Simone and Alex have become such a tight-knit group. Catty infighting is such a stereotype in these kinds of stories. I hope that they can continue to work together and support each other without trying to sabotage each other.

After all, Alex is
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